Monday, 23 February 2015

Review: Aurelia Revitalise and Glow Serum

A while back I received a free sample of Aurelia's Revitalise and Glow Serum. I used it up so I thought I'd give my thoughts on it!

Brand: Aurelia
Name: Revitalise and Glow Serum
Price: £47 for 30ml

Aurelia is a UK company specialising in probiotic skincare that is dermatologically tested and suitable even for sensitive skins. This serum promises to hydrate, soothe dull and tired skin and 'promote' a luminous, dewy and radiant glow. I'm not sure what 'promote' is supposed to mean, rather than them say it actually creates a more luminous glow. I'm always wary of terminology that dodges actual claims.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of my free sample packaging but it was just a small amber-coloured glass bottle with a pipette lid, a mini version of the full sized packaging of this serum:
A dark amber coloured bottle prevents sunlight and UV rays from penetrating the serum and breaking down the active ingredients so I'm happy to see it in this type of packaging. The pipette is always fun to use too. However, as you start to run out of the serum, it gets to a point where the pipette won't reach right down to the bottle of the bottle, so I have to tip it out into my hands instead, otherwise the product would be wasted.
The serum is light feeling and is a very light milky yellow colour. It spreads easily and is absorbed easily but I don't feel much hydration from it. It almost absorbs too easily for my dry skin.
The serum partially spread. The serum has a really lovely fresh citrus scent, it doesn't smell artificial at all. I would expect that of a probiotic/natural cosmetics company or product. According to their website, it's scented with Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarin. The serum also has peptides, antioxidants, baobab extract, Kigelia Africana (for firming, apparently), hibiscus and vitamin E in it. The mix of ingredients fights off free radicals (a cause of visible aging signs), accelerates skin cell turnover for a more even and soft complexion, firms and hydrates.

I followed this serum up with my regular skincare routine; eye cream, face oil at night, moisturiser and sleeping mask at night. It didn't mess or react with any of my regular products and I had no problem with this serum. The sample was 'deluxe' sized, so I got about a weeks worth of use out of it but I didn't see any noticeable results from using the serum. I wouldn't really expect to from only a week's usage, and I suppose that prompts people to buy the full sized product but I think the serum is expensive for what it is and I have no doubt I can find serums with similar claims and ingredients, especially in Korean cosmetics.
The serum was quite nice to use but it wasn't massively moisturising for me. I didn't notice any brightening results but I didn't have much time to try the serum. It's an alright serum, nothing amazing to me and I wouldn't repurchase because I believe I can find an equal or better serum for a much lower price. 3 stars out of 5 for me.

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